Caracas – The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced on Tuesday that next week the first 100,000 doses of the Russian vaccine against covid-19, Sputnik V.
“Next week thousands of Sputnik V vaccines are arriving in Venezuela, they announce the first arrival of the 100,000 Sputnik V vaccines,” said the president during a televised address, without specifying the day of arrival.
Maduro explained that, once these vaccines begin to be applied, the first against the coronavirus that the country will receive, health personnel will be the first to be immunized.
“When the vaccination day begins, we are going to vaccinate medical personnel, all health personnel, the most vulnerable sectors and then we go to vaccinate teachers,” he said.
In addition, he continued, the members of Somos Venezuela, a government movement that distributes aid and does political proselytism in the country, will also be vaccinated so that they go “house by house, neighborhood by neighborhood in search and protection of the victims (people). of the blockade (economic sanctions) “.
Maduro has denounced the blocking of resources of his Government frozen abroad for the purchase of a batch of vaccines.
Caracas has turned to the United Nations (UN) to release the funds blocked by the sanctions and thus begin the mass vaccination of its population.
In this sense, the Venezuelan opposition said today that it is willing to “seek resources” to be able to acquire vaccines against covid-19 from the Covax mechanism, a platform coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by several countries, has said that he will work so that a part of the Venezuelan money abroad, which he controls, is used for the purchase of vaccines.
Health authorities have reported more than a thousand deaths from coronavirus in Venezuela and more than 130,000 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic, last March.
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